We’ve talked a lot about goal setting and planning this month, and with good reason. Spending a little time on the front end can pay dividends in the end. But what really are the benefits of intentional goal setting and planning? In this blog I will go through a few of the reasons I believe make goal setting and planning incredibly beneficial.
Benefit #1 – Provides direction and focus
A well written goal provides clear focus and direction. Often referred to as SMART goals, goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely really help you to stay on target with your goals. Again, taking time on the front end when you are setting/planning your goals is key to ultimately achieving those goals.
Benefit #2 – Helps maintain motivation, especially when you are struggling or have a setback related to one of your goals
When you get into a slump or when something about your goals doesn’t go as planned, it is easy to lose motivation and let your goals completely fall to the wayside. But if you have spent time up front planning for regular check-ins and reflection time, for opportunities to revisit, recalculate, and reevaluate your goals, it is much easier to make a few adjustments and keep on rolling.
Benefit #3 – Helps you to prioritize what is most important in various areas of your life
Done well, goal setting and planning sets you up so that you are very clear on your priorities for the week, month, quarter, and/or year.
And while we tend to think about goal setting in January, that’s not to say you can’t goal set every month…or goal set starting in any month of the year. It doesn’t have to happen only in January. Didn’t do your goal setting for 2021 yet? No worries. Carve a little time out this weekend or this week to sit with your goals and get yourself set for a great 2021! Namaste!